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Laptop ban lifted on Tunisia flights

Laptop on aircraft

The UK government has lifted the laptop ban on inbound flights from Tunis’ Carthage International airport.

Tunis airport becomes the second airport after Turkey’s Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen to have the ban on larger mobile devices, including laptops and tablets, completely lifted on all inbound flights to the UK.

Although some individual airlines flying from other affected airports have also had the laptop ban lifted on their flights to the UK.

The British government said it had been working with airlines to “introduce tough additional security measures” over the last few months.

It plans to lift the laptop ban on a “case-by-case basis once the UK government has verified that airlines have put in place alternative security measures, and that it is safe and proportionate to do so”.

The UK imposed the laptop ban in March on flights from six countries - Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia - because of security fears.

The Department for Transport said: “The following airports continue to be affected by restrictions, although some individual airlines may be exempt.

“Passengers travelling from these airports should contact their airlines for advice about whether their flights are affected:

  • Turkey:
    • Istanbul Ataturk
    • Izmir
    • Bodrum
    • Antalya
    • Dalaman
  • Egypt:
    • Cairo
    • Hurghada
    • Marsa Alam
    • Luxor
  • Saudi Arabia:
    • Jeddah
    • Riyadh
  • Jordan:
    • Amman
  • Lebanon:
    • Beirut”

 

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